Mohawk Industries Multiplies Bandwidth by Connecting to American Fiber Systems' Atlanta Backbone

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Three Kennesaw Locations Tapping Out of Bandwidth Upgrade to Metro Ethernet

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This included partnering with an existing Mohawk service provider to provide a win-win solution.

One of the world's leading flooring producers and distributors, Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK), has now partnered with optical fiber network provider, American Fiber Systems (AFS), to improve their networking communications infrastructure by connecting to AFS's Metro Ethernet fiber network. A worldwide business that markets its products under the premier labels of Karastan, Ralph Lauren and Dal-Tile, Mohawk now utilizes the AFS fiber backbone to connect all IT functionality of Mohawk's Marietta location to the company's North Georgia data centers. The move, which involved fiber routing to the company's West Oaks facility, consolidates three separate Kennesaw locations previously tapped out of bandwidth.    

Cost prohibitive OC3s and the inability to add additional T1 lines prompted Mohawk to connect the locations and data centers to AFS's fully protected redundant fiber network. The move significantly increased the speed of secure data transfer and daily business tasks, including ordering, employee records, and e-mail/web based systems.

"AFS was very flexible in creating a network and cost model that fit Mohawk's unique requirements," said Jevin Jensen, Senior Director, IS Technical Services at Mohawk. "This included partnering with an existing Mohawk service provider to provide a win-win solution."

AFS recently completed its managed wavelength services addition in response to demand from Atlanta enterprises for more accessible and cost effective bandwidth. These upgraded service offerings give Atlanta businesses a choice of wavelength speeds at competitive prices, allowing them to achieve more intricate business continuity and protect themselves with bullet-proof disaster recovery services. By switching to AFS's Metro Ethernet network, Mohawk significantly increased the size of their network bandwidth at this location while keeping costs in line. In addition, they resolved multiple bandwidth capacity issues and are now connected to easily scalable bandwidth with extensive growth potential.    

"The enterprise trend in switching to Metro Ethernet continues to knock on our door," said Mike D'Angelo, Senior VP Sales and Marketing at AFS. "We're more than happy for the opportunity to lend our expertise to Atlanta enterprises. That's why we continue to improve our Atlanta backbone network - we've added capacity over our AFS-owned state-of-the-art optical fiber in response to demand, and we'll continue to grow the network in support of our existing and new customers."    

Recently named #162 Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 Fastest Growing companies, American Fiber Systems provides metropolitan networking infrastructure, dark fiber and transport services to carriers and large and mid-sized enterprises in ten markets nationwide. For more information on partnering with AFS, visit http://www.americanfibersystems.com.

About American Fiber Systems:
American Fiber Systems (AFS) provides metropolitan fiber optical networking infrastructure, dark fiber and transport services to carriers and large enterprises. AFS enables its customers to easily and reliably connect to a city's most important points of communications presence; Internet Service Provider (ISP) and data center locations; Inter-exchange "carrier-hotels;" wireless providers and Fortune 1000 companies. AFS has deployed more than 1.2 million miles of high-capacity, high-bandwidth metropolitan fiber optic cable since 2000 in several cities, including Atlanta, Ga.; Boise, Idaho; Cleveland, Ohio; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Reno and Carson City, Nev.; and Salt Lake City, Utah. AFS has more than 500 capacity enabled on-net buildings and supports an addressable market teledensity of more than $9 billion in annualized telecommunications services. AFS is a privately held venture-backed company led by Dave Rusin who shares insights on telecommunications trends and news on his blog at http://www.telecomstraightshooter.com .

About Mohawk Industries:
Mohawk is a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of carpet, ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, vinyl, rugs and other home products. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which include Mohawk, Karastan, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Quick Step, Dal-Tile and American Olean. Mohawk's unique merchandising and marketing assist its customers in creating the consumers' dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and over 300 local distribution locations.

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